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Glass museum to feature 'A History of Pittsburgh'

| Wednesday, June 4, 2014, 12:06 a.m.

The Mt. Pleasant Glass Museum will hold “A History of Pittsburgh in 17 Objects (WQED VIDEO) Party” from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday. Cost is $10. Rick Sebak will launch his latest great idea on WQED at 8 p.m. Among the 17 objects Sebak has chosen to tell the history of the Pittsburgh area is a piece of glass at the Mt. Pleasant Glass Museum. There will be snacks and a big-screen viewing of the new program as it is premiered on WQED. Come visit us before and try to guess which of our hundreds of pieces of glass Sebak has chosen. You may win a prize. Space is limited. Reservations are required by calling 724-547-5929 or 724-542-4949 afternoons and evenings.

Pittsburgh Glass Center will present Fused Sun Catcher from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 14 at the museum. Sun catchers are pieces of glass made into a design and fired in a furnace until they fuse together. You hang them in your window to catch the sun and reflect on your walls. Well, here is your chance to be creative and make your own sun catcher. You will make it, then the glass center will take it home and bake it. It will be available a week later for you to pick up. It will be fun. All ages welcome. Cost is $35; space is limited. Reservations are required, call 724-547-5929.

• From now until July, the museum will take reservations for those who wish to travel to the PGC in Pittsburgh to make their very own paperweight. More details will be released about the time and date in a future column. Call 724-547-5929 to be placed on the notify list.

• John Potts will not be the speaker on the June 19 Speaker's Series because of unexpected commitments. Instead, Forrest Kastner will continue his talk on L.E. Smith. Kastner did not get to finish everything he wanted to say about his years as plant manager at L.E. Smith when he spoke in March. He has graciously agreed to step in and finish his story on June 19. The series will be held at 7 p.m., third Thursday of the month; suggested donation is $3 unless otherwise specified.

The remainder of the series is listed below:

— July 17 at 6 p.m., Rachel Delphia, curator of decorative arts and design on Glass Holdings at the Carnegie Museum of Art. Cost is $10.

— Aug. 21, John Weishar, Island Moulds and the Mt. Pleasant factories.

— Sept. 18, group discussion by American Flint Glass Workers Union locals 24 and 597 representatives.

— Oct. 16, Anne Madarasz about Mt. Pleasant in the Heinz History Center Collections.

— Nov. 20, Cassandra Vivian on “Bryce Barware: From Mt. Pleasant to the World.”

The Mt. Pleasant Glass Museum is located at the Mt. Pleasant Glass Center, the former Lenox Crystal plant, 402 E. Main St. (Route 31 East), Suite 600, Mt. Pleasant.

For more information about the museum or its events, call 724-547-5929 or email mtpleasantglassmuseum@gmail.com.

Cassandra Vivian is president of the museum's board of directors.

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